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Cornbread & Poppy at the Carnival: Cornbread & Poppy, Book 2

By Stephanie Snyder, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Fun sequel emphasizes friendship, sharing, and acceptance.

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Young readers will fall in love with the expanding Cornbread & Poppy series, especially as they grow as independent readers. Reminiscent of classic early readers like the Frog and Toad books, Cornbread & Poppy at the Carnival emphasizes important ideals about friendship -- like opposites attract and sharing is caring -- and does so through characters that young readers will relate to and root for.

The conflict that emerges in the third chapter, however, seems unrelated to the story and makes the ending feel a bit random. Up to that point, readers were likely expecting the story to climax with a conflict that seemed to be developing all along: While Poppy is more excited about the carnival, Cornbread seems to have a more thrilling time, causing what could be perceived (or could have been developed as) feelings of jealousy from Poppy. Nevertheless, the peanut conflict, and the story as a whole, will give families plenty to discuss as they await another book in the series.

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